Bill Banning State Regulation of GMOs Passes House-Now in Senate

March 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm 1 comment

HB 1226 preempts any state administrative regulatory action or county regulatory action that bans or restricts certain activities relating to genetically modified plant organisms. The bill makes an exception for legislation passed before January — such as the Hawaii County ban on GMO coffee and taro passed in October. It also exempts laws to control genetic modification of taro. However this bill would prevent GMO issues from being taken up in the future.

Click here to read the text of HB 1226.

The bill was passed in the State House of Representatives on March 10 and is now being considered in the state senate. Click here to follow the status of the bill as it moves through the state senate.

The Maui County Council will receive testimony regarding the bill on Friday, March 20 at 9 a.m. in the 8th floor council chambers. Council member Sol P. Kaho’ohalahala is expected to present a resolution opposing this bill. Expected to testify are P. Hoffman, the chair of the Hawaii County Council that banned coffee and taro GMO development on the big island and Nancy Redfeather, founder of GMO Free Hawaii.

OTHER GMO BILLS IN HI HOUSE AND SENATE (from West Hawai’i Today, 2/8/09)
Multiple bills on genetically modified organisms have been introduced in the state Legislature this session, promising at least a good chance the debate will be kindled anew.

Some of the bills would require genetically modified whole food products to be labeled and public notification of where testing and growing are being done, and one would ban GMO taro from the state altogether.

Others bills to be considered by lawmakers:

– HB 1663 prohibits development, testing, release, importation, planting or growing of GMO taro. The bill has 13 introducers, including state Rep. Faye Hanohano, D-Puna, who signed onto three GMO-related bills. Several other Big Island lawmakers, including Reps. Mark Nakashima and Denny Coffman, are also backing GMO-related bills.

– HB 368 requires labeling for sale or distribution of any genetically engineered whole food for human consumption, and HB 369 applies the same labeling requirement to genetically engineered fish.

– HB 367 would force the state Department of Agriculture to notify the public of the location of field tests and where GMO crops are being produced. A companion bill, Senate Bill 239, has the same objective.

– Senate Bill 709 would place a moratorium on growing GMO taro anywhere in the state

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